An Indian Catholic bishop who was kidnapped by unknown abductors, beaten and interrogated about the finances of his diocese has been freed.
Bishop Prasad Gallela, who serves the diocese of Cuddapah in the Andhra Pradesh state in southeast India, went through the details of his recent abduction in an interview with the Catholic news outlet UCANews.com.
The 54-year-old Gallela explained that he was on his way home from mass at Karunagiri Shrine on April 25 when unknown abductors came in two vehicles and took him to an undisclosed location. more >>
Bible-translation organization Wycliffe Associates has announced that it has helped a group of people living in Southeast Asia read the Bible in their native tongue for the first time ever, having waited for 182 years to do so.
"They've endured persecution. They've struggled to teach the Scriptures to their young people in other languages. They've been told for generations they have to keep waiting until Westerners can translate the Bible for them," said Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, in a statement on the website.
Smith did not reveal which Southeast Asian group in particular the Bible translators managed to help, but noted that the first missionaries to the region shared the Gospel with them in 1834. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church Missions Director Pastor Bobby Chaw has just discoverd that people in Japan received a warning on Facebook about prison-facing Pastor Kong Hee despite the fact that he was in the country to help with relief work for earthquake victims.
Kong, who is the CHC founder, has been posting updates about relief work amidst the humanitarian tragedy in Japan following the earthquake and aftershocks in April.
The pastor is also facing an eight-year prison sentence back home in Singapore, pending appeal, for misusing millions of dollars in church donations for the popstar career of his wife and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho. more >>
One of China's biggest electronics and gadget companies, Xiaomi, made an unexpected announcement by unveiling a smartwatch like no other, and they're calling it the "Mi Bunny." As the code name suggests, it's literally a watch designed for kids, but is it really for them?
By looking at the features, it looks more like a good gear for parents who want to improve on how they handle their kids. Although most smartwatches in the market are highlighted by health and fitness features as well as entertainment functionality, this one focuses on safe parenting instead.
One feature allows kids to make phone calls to mom and dad by simply pushing a single button, and it does not need to pair with another phone or GSM device because it has its own SIM slot. Aside from making phone calls, there's also a panic button where a notification is sent to the parents with the help of GPS. The watch is also water resistant and comes with a sufficient 300 mAh battery that can last up to six days. more >>
Hindu radicals in India doused a Christian pastor and his wife in gasoline in an attempt to force them to convert, a leading Christian human rights group has reported.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the attack occurred on April 17, when two men posed as Christians and went to Berseba Church in Chhattisgarh state's Karanji Village in search of prayer.
The church's pastor, Deenbandhu Sameli, let the two men into the church and was then attacked and forced to chant "jai sri ram," which means "hail Lord Rama" (one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu). more >>
The leader of a Chinese church in Henan, whose wife was killed earlier in April after demolition crews buried her alive, has won the rights to the land where the church was destroyed.
China Aid, which covers persecution news stories in the world's most populous nation, reported on Thursday that Li Jiangong of Beitou Church, which was destroyed by the orders of Communist Party authorities, was told by a village administrative committee that the land where the incident took place is his, and he can use it as a religious site.